It was a gorgeous autumn morning as the sun rose over the salt marsh. Though with a blast of cold air coming from the north I must remember to wear my thermals next time!
Flocks of goldfinches tumbled into the teasels and over 300 teal (the smallest of our migrating ducks) dashed along the edge of the mudflats their iridescent green wing bars glinting in the sunlight. What a perfect October morning to be out on the marsh.
The morning sun glanced off the teal as they skimmed the edge of the salt marsh. Three tiny figures were just visible on the foredeck of the cargo vessel Vecht Trader as she left Royal Portbury Dock.
Salt marsh: yellow ochre, olive
Sky and sea: cerulean, winsor violet, cobalt
Vessel: winsor green-blue, cobalt, payne’s grey, indian red
Teal: raw umber, burnt umber
Teal wing bars: winsor green, cadmium yellow
Colour mixing exercise (on right of sketch)
comparing winsor green (top) and winsor green-blue (bottom)
From the sketches came this larger work of October Teal.
For more about teal visit the RSPB website at: www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/t/teal/index.aspx
These salt marsh sketches are copyright of Hilary Kington ©
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